Kyren Wilson’s Betfred World Snooker Championship dream began to turn slightly sour as Mark Selby dominated proceedings to establish a healthy 6-2 lead in their quarter-final.
The Kettering cueman has arguably been the story of the tournament so far, impressing immensely to reach the last-eight, but faces an uphill battle to get himself back into the match against the world No.1 when the best-of-25 clash resumes at 7pm this evening.
Despite overcoming Robert Milkins 10-6 in round one and Sam Baird 13-11 in round two, Selby hadn’t reached the heights that saw him lift the World Championship trophy two years ago.
But that all changed at Sheffield’s iconic Crucible Theatre on Tuesday morning as he put his 24-year-old opponent to the sword with a display of clinical potting and ruthless break-building.
Both men had chances in the opening two frames but it was the Leicester man who twice prevailed before a classy 69 break made it 3-0.
A majestic 101 followed before the underdog’s woes deepened after the mid-session interval as Selby pinched frame five on the black and convincingly took frame six after a knock of 99.
Wilson had raced into a 7-0 lead over Mark Allen in the previous round – a match he would go on to win 13-9 – but managed to avoid that fate himself by finally getting a frame on the board in the seventh.
And a cagey, 40-minute final frame of the session also went the way of the world No.19 as he began to show signs of life to at least give himself a fighting chance heading into the second session 6-2 behind.
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